How to paint Games Workshop miniatures - Tutorial 16: Isildur

How to paint Games Workshop miniatures? In this tutorial, we will show you a number of painting techniques for decorating your Citadel miniatures. In this new guide we will see which steps to follow to paint the Isildur model

Welcome back to Painting workshop by techigames! After the previous tutorial on Lady Galadriel, which you can view on this page, here we are with a new guide in which we will see how to paint your model of the Principe Isildur with very simple techniques using Citadel colors and being able to both expand your collection of miniatures Games Workshop than undertake the Strategic Battle Game in Middle-earth.

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Tutorial 16: Isildur – Come dipingere miniature Games Workshop (Citadel)

Il Principe Isildur, son of Elendil, King of Gondor, was a great leader of Men in the Second Age of Middle-earth. When Sauron forged the One Ring, he transfused a part of himself, in order to make his spirit endure, but during the battle of the Last Covenant, the Dark Lord was defeated by Isildur, who took the Ring, but he was unable to resist his power and, ignoring King Elrond's wise advice, decided not to throw him into the flames of Mount Doom and to keep him to himself, convinced that he had the strength to control it. It was not so, because the One deceived Isildur, who in the second year of the Third Age fell into an ambush by the Orcs in Campo Gaggiolo on the banks of the Anduin River, where, separated from his soldiers, he wore the Ring of Power becoming invisible. and tried to escape by throwing himself into the Great River. Here, the One slipped off his finger and in this way Isildur was seen by the Orcs, who pierced him with numerous arrows, killing him. Thus it was that the One Ring was lost on the bottom of the Anduin and remained there for over two millennia, until one day it was found by Deagol, a Hobbit who was there to fish.

If you are interested in more information on Isildur we refer you to the Wikipedia page.

To know the different basic painting techniques, useful for all Games Workshop miniatures, we recommend that you visit this page.

Isildur's Set Games Workshop on foot and on horseback

Phase 1: cleaning and assembling of Isildur | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

As seen in previous tutorials, the first thing to do before starting to paint your Isildur model is to prepare the miniature and this means that any excess burrs that remain after the casting process must be carefully removed. ; for this purpose you can use a common utility knife or wire cutters. Don't worry if you accidentally scratch the model, as these small incisions will be covered with acrylic paints later. 

Practical tip: Another thing to pay special attention to is to make sure that all parts of the model are straight; in the case of Isildur it could happen that the sword is slightly crooked, but you can correct this defect by carefully folding it in the correct direction.

Once this is done, glue your Isildur miniature onto the base with the cyanoacrylate glue.

Your Isildur model at the end of stage 1

Phase 2: Isildur Base Color | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Once you have mounted the Isildur model on the base, you will need to give it a background of color to perfectly adhere the shades you will apply in the next steps. Always remember that the important thing is to completely cover the metal your miniature is made of. To get a uniform layer of color use Citadel Chaos Black spray, as Isildur is characterized by dark and metallic tones. Be very careful when using the spray and be sure to use this technique in well-ventilated areas.

Citadel Chaos Black spray for the primer of your models

Alternative: if you cannot find the Chaos Black spray, use only the Citadel Abaddon Black bottle; shake the jar well to mix the color correctly, then use the brush to put a drop on the palette and add a drop of water to dilute it slightly, as too thick a color would be difficult to apply and ruin your miniature, covering the details. If the color is too liquid, add a little more to thicken it.

Prince Isildur after the black primer

At this point you can begin to paint Isildur in detail, who like many models wears different garments superimposed on each other; to decorate them, you should start with the innermost ones, since any color smudges will subsequently be covered as you apply the colors on the outermost parts.

Step 3: Painting Isildur's Chainmail | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

To paint Isildur's chain mail, you have to apply the dry brush technique, but applying several layers of color, using increasingly lighter shades and gradually decreasing the quantity. Start using the Warplock Bronze on all the parts where the crush is visible, then use the Leadbelcher, avoiding the most hidden corners; once this is done, apply a light layer of Ironbreaker and finally pass the Runefang Steel only on the parts in relief, always with a dry brush. To make the rings of the crush stand out better, apply a light wash of Nuln Oil and, when it is dry, go over the Runefang Steel to highlight.

Citadel paints to decorate Isildur's chain mail

Step 4: Paint Isildur's Inner Robes | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Isildur's inner robes, which are pale white, contrast with the deep red of the outer ones and the armor that covers the rest of the model. Start painting them by applying the Tau Light Ocher and you will probably need to apply two or three thin coats of color to evenly cover the black base. For the following highlights, use an equal mix of Screaming Skull and Tau Light Ocher, then use only the pure Screaming Skull on the ends.

Citadel colors recommended for Isildur underwear

Step 5: Paint Isildur's Outer Robes | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

To decorate the outer garments, characterized by a reddish hue, you can apply a color base with Khorne Red, then spread a wash with Agrax Erthshade and, when the ink is dry, restore the base color on all the folds in relief, using the ruling technique. At this point, to highlight the details, you can use the technique of painting in layers, first mixing Khorne Red and Wazdakka Red in equal parts, then passing the external parts only with the latter. The border and some details of Isildur's robe are characterized by numerous gold decorations, which you can achieve by applying Auric Armor Gold with the XS Artificer Layer brush.

XS Artificer Layer brush ideal for painting the smallest details of your models

Practical advice: although at first glance the gold decorations may seem very difficult to make, in reality it is enough to apply clear lines with the precision brush and in this phase the consistency of the color is very important; it should not be too liquid, but not too thick, otherwise you will get imprecise or heavy details. The advice is to take a small amount of gold color with the tip of the brush, unload the bristles by drawing a dash on a sheet of paper (just as if it were a pen) and then apply the color on the model. By doing this you will paint the details more slowly, as the color on the brush will run out quickly, but the result will be of high quality.

Isildur at the end of stage 5

Step 6: Paint Isildur's Armor and Sword | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Isildur's armor and sword can be painted entirely with Leadbelcher as the base color. Once this is done, apply an even wash using Nuln Oil and let it dry. Finally, dry brush all the raised parts with the Ironbreaker and to complete use Runefang Steel with the edging technique. To bring out all the golden decorations you can apply Auric Armor Gold with the XS Artificer Layer brush, paying particular attention to the areas on the chest, shoulders and helmet. Khorne Red is fine for the central part of the hilt.

The royal helmet of Isildur

Metallic colors to decorate Isildur's armor

Step 7: Painting Isildur's Face and Hair | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Isildur's face is first painted with Cadian Fleshtone as the base color. When the flesh color is dry, apply a very light wash of Reikland Fleshshade or very diluted Rhinox Hide to darken the grooves of the miniature and thus create a shading effect. Finally, apply Kislev Flesh with the ruling technique to highlight all the raised parts such as cheekbones, nose and forehead.

Citadel Shade Reikland Fleshshade to shade the faces of your Games Workshop models

To decorate the brown eyes, use White Scar and Rhinox Hide, while for the eyebrows, Gorthor Brown.

For Isildur's beard use Rhinox Hide in the area around the lips, while you can dry brush lighten with Baneblade Brown evenly, thus creating a shade.

To paint the hair, apply Rhinox Hide as a color base, then apply a black wash with Nuln Oil. When the ink is dry, lighten the outer strands with a dry brush with Gorthor Brown and then with a mix consisting of 50% Gorthor Brown and 50% Baneblade Brown.

Citadel face and hair shade by Isildur

Step 8: Paint Isildur's Final Details | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

For the final details of Isildur, such as gloves, belt, boots and sword sheath, evenly spread the Rhinox Hide and then pass a light black wash. To lighten the outer parts, use Baneblade Brown with the ruling technique and to give a touch of class to the belt and sheath, apply Auric Armor Gold with the edging technique.

Step 9: Decorate Isildur's Base | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

You can decorate the base of Isildur giving space to your imagination; for example you can apply a Citadel Texture such as Stirland Mud or Astrogranite to create a rocky effect on brown or gray. Whichever you choose, paint the edges of the base with XV-88 or Mechanicus Standard Gray accordingly. When the Texture is dry, gently drybrush a lighter color to highlight, such as Karak Stone in the first case or Adminatum Gray in the second. Finally, to complete, you can add the Mordheim or Middenland Clods, in order to enrich the base with tufts of grass.

Citadel Texture Stirland Mud e Astrogranite

Clods of Middenland and Mordheim

Alternatively, you can decorate the base by painting it entirely with Mournfang Brown and then applying a little static grass or modeling flock with vinyl glue, to recreate a turf. You can also add a small amount of crushed stone to give a classy effect and remember the terrains of Lothlórien.

Static Grass Games Workshop

Practical tip: to apply the static grass or flock, first spread the glue on the upper part of the base, then immerse it in a jar containing the grass, so that it adheres perfectly.

Once this stage is completed, your Isildur miniature is ready to lead the army of Gondor and defeat Sauron!

Your Isildur model is complete!

Come dipingere miniature Games Workshop (Citadel) – Tutorial 16: Isildur

This tutorial from the Techigames Painting Workshop dedicated to decorating Games Workshop miniatures (eg Warhammer or Lord of the Rings) also ends here. For any questions or requests we are available via the comments box below!

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